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Healthy Chocolate Zucchini Bread


  • Author: Erin
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes
  • Yield: 1 loaf 1x

Description

This is a super fudgy and chocolatey zucchini bread with lots of hidden, healthy ingredients inside.  A great step up from most sweet breads for those who are making minor healthy swaps in their favorite recipes.


Ingredients

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  • 1/2 cup + 2 TBS oat flour
  • 1/2 cup + 2 TBS whole wheat flour
  • 1/4 cup cocoa powder, heaping
  • 3/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2/3 cup sugar or cup-for-cup sugar substitute
  • 1 cup grated zucchini, packed
  • 3/4 cup plain yogurt
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 TBS pure vanilla extract or vanilla bean paste
  • 1/3 to 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips or chunks

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350F.  Grease and lightly flour a 9x5 pan and set aside.
  2. In a large bowl or bowl of stand mixer, stir together both flours, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and sugar.
  3. Add the zucchini, yogurt, applesauce, and vanilla extract.  Mix until a moist dough forms and ingredients are just combined.  It will seem dry at first when you start mixing, but I promise it will come together.  An electric mixer will help.
  4. Pour batter into prepared pan and smooth out the top.  Add chocolate chips to the top of the batter.
  5. Bake on center rack for 35 minutes.  Turn off the oven - do not open the door - and let the bread sit in the oven for an extra 5-6 minutes.  
  6. Remove from oven and let bread cool completely.  Run a knife around the edge before attempting to remove from pan.  Cut into slices.
  7. Store leftovers in the refrigerator.  Serve cold, room temperature, or warmed in the microwave for a few seconds.  Pro-tip:  This bread tastes even better the second day!!

Notes

More finely grated zucchini will "hide" better in the bread.  You can pulse it a few times in a food processor or use a knife to give the grated zucchini a few chops.

If you use a sugar substitute, use a dry cup-for-cup measure variety such as Stevia "baker's bag" etc.

You can use regular or Greek yogurt and both will work fine.  You can use vanilla-flavored as well!

  • Category: Dessert
  • Method: Oven

Keywords: zucchini bread, healthier recipes, hidden veggies, sweet bread, quick bread

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